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This near $1 million home in West U creates an open house frenzy: Peek inside a red-bricked stunner

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On the Market 4134 Swarthmore March 2014
Welcome to 4134 Swathmore in West University, a lovely traditional home with designer updates. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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The elegant entry sets the tone for the home. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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Just off the entry, a living room, or possible study, is a bright space for entertaining or working. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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Across the entry from the living room lies the dining room detailed with refinished wood flooring and custom millwork and molding. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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A butler's pantry is convenient to both the dining room and kitchen. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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The renovated kitchen, with granite counters, marble backsplash, custom cabinetry and stainless appliances. The counter serves as a breakfast bar with bars stools for space-saving seating. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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The sunny breakfast nook offers views of the back yard. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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From the kitchen, looking toward the den. Note the tray ceiling painted in a soft, creamy color. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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The comfortable den is open to the kitchen and breakfast area. Highlights include a gas fireplace with marble detail, ebony hardwoods, designer neutral paint palette and French doors welcoming owners and guests to a charming back yard with patio. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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Step outside to enjoy the bricked and landscaped patio. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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Overview of the den looking from the French doors toward the kitchen. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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The second-floor landing comes complete with a window seat. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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The master bedroom, where a picturesque custom window affords quiet, treetop views. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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Upgrades to the spacious master bath include flooring, lighting, granite counters, brushed nickel hardware and walk-in closets. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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The soaking tub and large corner shower in the master bath. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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A bedroom across the hall from the master offers a walk-in closet and private bath. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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A third bedroom shares a large Jack and Jill bath with the fourth bedroom. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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The Jack and Jill bath. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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The fourth bedroom Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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Another look at the patio - perfect for entertaining. Photo by © Tad Krampitz/TK Images
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No wonder more than 80 interested people attended the recent open house at 4134 Swarthmore in West U: The property is a stunner.

An option to buy is pending, so let's take a quick look at this sought-after home.

Walk through

The two-story, red-brick traditional house in the Colonial Terrace neighborhood features mature trees and manicured lawn. A step inside quickly reveals just some of its charms: Refinished hardwood floors and custom molding and millwork complemented by a designer paint palette in varying neutrals. To the right sits a light-filled living room, and to the left, the dining room with butler's pantry easily accessible.

From the pantry or more graciously from the entry, the floor plan takes owners and guests to the completely renovated kitchen with granite counters, marble backsplash and stainless appliances. The island counter serves dual-purpose as a breakfast bar. Morning meals — or informal dinners — can be served in the cozy breakfast nook just off the kitchen.

The kitchen opens into a wonderfully appointed family den with gas fireplace in marble surround, ebony hardwoods and, possibly most enjoyable, a private bricked patio revealed by French doors.

Up the enclosed stairwell located just off the kitchen are the four bedrooms. The new owners can take in quiet treetop view through a picturesque custom window in the master bedroom. The master bath, with soaking tub and shower, showcases many updates: New flooring, granite counters, lighting, brushed nickel hardware and two walk-in closets.

Three other bedrooms rest on the second floor, one with an en suite bath and the other two sharing a Jack and Jill bath.

Step outside
In addition to the lovely patio and beautiful front lawn, 4134 Swarthmore gives owners a gated driveway leading to a two-car detached garage. Within walking distance is Colonial Park Pool, where the new owners and children or grandchildren can spend outdoor time in the pool and on the rock wall and playground.

Square footage: 3,085

Asking price: $999,000

Listing agent: Lee Kaplan, Greenwood King Properties

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